US to Invest $50 Million in Securing Hospitals Against Cyber Threats

May 22, 2024 at 09:57AM The US government’s ARPA-H announced a $50 million cybersecurity effort, UPGRADE, to secure hospital IT systems. The program aims to identify vulnerabilities and automatically procure, test, and deploy patches. Collaboration between IT staff, medical device makers, healthcare providers, and cybersecurity experts is crucial for creating a software suite tailored for … Read more

840-bed hospital in France postpones procedures after cyberattack

April 18, 2024 at 02:33PM The Hospital Simone Veil in Cannes (CHC-SV) suffered a cyberattack, impacting its operations and forcing staff to resort to pen and paper. With 2,100 employees and 869 beds, it handles 150,000 outpatient and 50,000 emergency room visits annually. Roughly 30% of non-urgent surgical procedures were canceled, and investigations are ongoing … Read more

Hospitals Must Treat Patient Data and Health With Equal Care

January 11, 2024 at 10:36AM Hospitals, being custodians of highly sensitive patient data, are prime targets for cyberattacks. The healthcare industry, a gold mine of personal data, faces an 88% likelihood of cyber assaults. Data breaches result in financial losses and reputational damage, necessitating hospitals to fortify their cybersecurity measures and cultivate a culture of … Read more

US government tells hospitals: Meet security standards or no federal dollars for you

January 10, 2024 at 03:37PM The White House is expected to propose rules requiring US hospitals to meet cybersecurity standards before receiving federal funding. This move aims to combat ransomware attacks on healthcare facilities. The rules, set to take effect this year, will link hospital IT security with funding. Stakeholders’ feedback will be valued, with … Read more

After crippling cancer hospital with ransomware, crims threaten to swat patients

January 5, 2024 at 04:59PM Extortionists are issuing swatting threats against hospitals if ransom demands are not met. After cyberattacks on medical centers, criminals threatened to swat the patients, aiming to pressure the hospitals to pay. This escalating trend of extreme tactics, including direct threats to patients, indicates a disturbing shift in cybercrime. The frequency … Read more

Lockbit ransomware disrupts emergency care at German hospitals

December 27, 2023 at 04:06PM German hospital network KHO confirmed a Lockbit ransomware attack on three hospitals in Bielefeld, Rheda-Wiedenbr├╝ck, and Herford, impacting their IT systems. Patient treatment continues, but emergency care is unavailable, leading to potential delays. Investigations are ongoing, and it’s unclear if patient data was stolen. Technical restrictions are in place, but … Read more

TransForm says ransomware data breach affects 267,000 patients

November 7, 2023 at 06:43PM TransForm, a shared service provider for multiple hospitals in Ontario, has confirmed that a recent cyberattack on their systems was a ransomware attack. The attackers stole a database containing information on 5.6 million patient visits. The impacted hospitals had to reschedule appointments and redirect non-emergency cases. The organization has stated … Read more